I don’t like labels, but in 2004 a number of specialists gave me the label Multiple Sclerosis. There’s no doubt that conditions in my body were changing and are still changing today. Before the changes that led to that label, I juggled a hectic and profitable career as a self-employed risk management consultant, working from home so that I could raise my two young children myself rather than delegate that job to others. I volunteered in my community and for spiritual organizations. I spent the free time I had living vigorously in my body — enjoying yoga, dancing, power walking and gardening.
I believed I did all those things successfully.
Intense numbness and tingling in my hands and feet made the lifestyle I had designed more challenging, less comfortable, and more exhausting. Healthy eating and regular yoga practice was improving my physical experience, when a major relapse in 2006 changed everything. Today, walking is in no way pleasant for me. It IS possible despite times in the past when it hasn’t been. I’ve learned to dance from the hips up only, which is not as enjoyable as I used to find it and definitely requires a partner with as good a sense of humor as balance. Gardening? Well, that at first became impossible due to my extreme heat sensitivity. Today, while my heat sensitivity has lessened, gardening doesn’t fit into the new balance of my life. I’m looking forward to gardening again as my life continues to evolve.
I still love yoga. In fact, my understanding and spiritual practice of yoga has deepened and continues to enrich my life.
The changes in my body created a dramatic turn in my life that I’m deeply grateful for.
In 2006, I felt my life had been destroyed. When I was strong enough, I started a desperate search for the tools to help me take back my life. I tried traditional western medicines and procedures, acupuncture, naturopathy, Chinese herbal medicine, various approaches to energy medicine, chiropractics, and physical therapy. None of these helped me as much as capitalizing on the skills, energies and abilities already present in my body. Taking on the challenge to know myself unflinchingly through Body-Centric Coaching has opened me up to new understandings of and relationships with what has been stuck inside. Deepening my physical and spiritual yoga practice has helped me to engage with my physical body in its present and evolving state in an accepting and healing fashion. Inundating my body with high quality, broad spectrum nutrition and natural supports fuels my body’s own natural healing process.
Although I don’t always think so, in my heart I know I am now more successful than I ever was before. Instead of building popularly understood “success”, I’m building an integrated life that demands I follow my passions unconditionally, is founded in the values I cherish, and is slowly but surely evolving into an experience that includes deeply enjoyable activities and rich relationships.
I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you!
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